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Lower house urges North Korea to abandon N-programs

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The House of Representatives urged North Korea to immediately end its nuclear and ballistic missile development programs, in a resolution adopted Tuesday over the reclusive state’s test-firing of what it claims was a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

The resolution, passed unanimously at a plenary meeting of the lower house, strongly protests against the missile launch last Wednesday, demanding that North Korea not conduct further provocations.

North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are an unprecedentedly grave and imminent threat, trample on the international community’s shared resolve for a peaceful resolution of the crisis on the Korean Peninsula and can never be tolerated, the resolution says.

The motion calls on the government to work closely with other related countries for taking even tougher and more effective measures against North Korea and to better prepare to protect Japanese citizens.

“We must increase pressure on North Korea to the maximum to create an environment prompting it to seek dialogue,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after the adoption of the resolution.

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